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Shannon Hughes

A Spotted Frog (The Politician)

There he sits
A spotted frog
He grins from ear to ear
Waterbugs quake across the
Pond's surface
The spotted frog sits
Stone-still on his perch
Silently stalking a humming dragonfly
His eyes shimmer
His mouth waters
His tounge is itching to snap out
And snatch the poor bug's life
His prey draws closer to his
Invisible enemy
All of the sudden
The urge is too strong to contain
His tounge snaps
The dragonfly silently flaps his last
Wingspan, breathes his last breath
The frog has devoured the innocent

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The Forest of the Lost

She wanders curiously through
The Forest of the Lost
Past the other creatures of pity
The Lost creatures
She looks and listens
Sees and hears
Nothing and everything
Space and form
Fog rolls in
Growing thicker
It trys to devour her
Like it so easily devours
The other Lost creatures
But her strange aroura
Pitch black and brighter than the sun
Protects her with ease
She does not belong
To the Forest of the Lost
The Forest of the Lost
Belongs to her

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That Happy Feeling

Today I just had
That Happy Feeling
That glowing, bubbling
Happy Feeling
I don’t really know why
Or how
Or where it came from
I just knew it was there
Bursting forth
In the form of endless
Smiles and erupting
Giggles
Laughing at the littlest things
Untamable shaking leg
And that smile super-glued to my face
It might be because
I got a few tests back today
With A’s splattered on the front in vibrant red ink
Or it might be that funny little sixth sense
Of mine when I know something is gonna

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